Press Room is a new series from the Guild that asks what the first-person literary voice can add to important contemporary conversations in politics and current events. Press Room will be a series of live events, held quarterly, each organized around a widely discussed topic in the press at the time that directly impacts community members. Each event will invite participants to tell a story or read a piece of writing that relates to the given topic from a first-person perspective.

2019 Press Room Events

Watch the full video of our latest Press Room event below:


Information Wants to Be Free & So Do We
A Pop Up Library on Communication, Control & Mass Incarceration

The Guild Complex presents a Press Room event

Incarcerated: Stories, Poetry and Perspectives

With Read/Write Library at the Justice Hotel

Tuesday, October 29, 2019

6108 North Kenmore

7:00 – 9:00 p.m.

In collaboration with Read/Write Library, the Guild Complex brings the stories from the formerly incarcerated.

“Information Wants to Be Free & So Do We” asks audiences to question the idea that social, emotional, and intellectual control are necessary for public safety, rehabilitation, and justice.

The event will explore several different perspectives on the subject of incarceration with the following participants:



A black, female former corrections officer from Wisconsin, Velvet Rose Moore-Owen, will be reading an excerpt from her upcoming book, Incarcerated: A Memoir.



In addition, we will have representatives from the group, Black and Pink. Black and Pink: Chicago is an open family of GLBTQ prisoners and “free world” allies who support each other. Our work toward the abolition of the prison industrial complex is rooted in the experience of currently and formerly incarcerated people. We are outraged by the specific violence of the prison industrial complex against GLBTQ people, and respond through advocacy, education, direct service, and organizing.